Javits Convention Center
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Architect I. M. Pei
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1979 to 1986   timeline
Building Type convention center
 Construction System steel and glass, space frame
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes I. M. Pei and Partners. Enormous expanse of glass-clad, space frame enclosed space.


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Discussion Javits Convention Center Commentary

"The exterior of this mammoth, five-block long building is an assemblage of rectilinear forms, all shaped by a framework of prefabricated steel modules fitted with clear glass. Inside, the structure is supported by tubular steel pillars that resemble chunky champagne glasses. At its south end there's a spectacular 150-foot-high lobby, dubbed the crystal palace. Also housed within the center's 1.8 million square feet: a 2,500 seat auditorium and acres of exhibition halls and meeting rooms."

—from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p93.


Area: 22 acres.

Sources on Javits Convention Center

Process Architecture #104, July 1, 1992. p120-121.

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1702.029 PCD.2260.1012.1702.061. PCD.2260.1012.1702.062

Walter F. Wagner, Jr. "A Vast Space Frame Wraps New York's Convention Center Like A Taut Fabric", Architectural Record. Mid-August 1980. Vol. 168 Number 3. p47. drawing of floor plan, p51. drawing of exterior perspective, p48. drawing of space frame detail, p54.

Carter Wiseman. I.M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3709-3. LC 90-30727. NA737.P365W57 1990. site plan, p213. elevation, p214-215.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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